West Oakland

8:16am

Tue April 14, 2015
Digest

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Eric Vasquez Creative Commons

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, curated by KALW news:

BART can’t keep pace with rising 'crush loads’ // SF Gate

"With a familiar beep-beep, a Fremont-bound BART train rumbles into MacArthur Station in Oakland and an equally familiar routine begins. Hundreds of passengers exit. Most walk, some jog, across the platform and form neat lines as a San Francisco train rolls in.

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4:55pm

Thu April 9, 2015
Cops & Courts

You're being watched: Surveillance in Oakland

A heat map from the Electronic Frontier Foundation's study of ALPR hotspots in Oakland

 

Surveillance and privacy issues have been in the news a lot in the past few years. Perhaps the biggest news was made by by Edward Snowden, who leaked information about the NSA’s massive collection of American citizens' cell phone data. But the privacy debate has also hit closer to home. You may remember last spring, when the Oakland City Council debated a controversial surveillance hub called the Domain Awareness Center, or DAC.

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6:03pm

Mon March 30, 2015
Economy/Labor/Biz

Green Jobs 2.0: The new green economy

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez tours the Cypress Mandela Training Center with U.S. Representative Barbara Lee, and Cypress Mandela Director Art Shanks on Tuesday May 27, 2014.
Jakub Masur

 

Remember in 2008 when the terms green economy and green collar jobs were big buzz words? You probably know the basic idea: if we’re going to curb the climate crisis we need to replace energy sources and other systems with green ones. The transition will be a lot of work, but the upside is, we have a lot of people looking for work.

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5:27pm

Mon August 25, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

In legal grey area, West Oakland resident discovers free house

    

Like everywhere in the Bay Area, home prices in Oakland have recently gone through the roof. The price of a house there is up almost 70% in the past two years. But West Oakland resident Steve DeCaprio has discovered an unusual way to acquire a home for free. DeCaprio has become an expert in finding and taking over abandoned homes – and it’s not as illegal as it might sound.

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12:48pm

Thu October 3, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

East Bay Express: Who's jacking up housing prices in West Oakland?

As the tsunami of foreclosures in Oakland finally subsided over the past year, residents of the city's flatlands neighborhoods looked around at the new landscape and saw less room for themselves and people like them. Many of their neighbors were gone, of course. And many of the foreclosed homes were snapped up — not by new homeowners, but by large-scale investors, including national and global corporations.

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